God gave a prophetic history of the church history in the book of Revelation. Revelation 2 and 3 describe seven eras of church history that apply to the seven literal churches in Asia. They also apply to
the seven historical ears of the church, from the earl apostolic church to today.
Today’s church era is called Laodicea. The city was known for its therapeutic hot and cold hydrotherapy baths. The benefits of hydrotherapy are well understood today, and this is significant when we consider that God describes today’s church as lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold (verse 16) This displeases God very much, so much that is the church remains in this lukewarm condition,
God will spew her out of His mouth.
You may ask; why is this lukewarm conduction so serious in God’s sight. God desires that the church be either hot or cold – He desires the church to be “therapeutic” value on this earth. You see, a lukewarm church is not therapeutic – it offers little benefit to those who come in contact with it. God wants the church to bring life everywhere is goes. If the church is not therapeutic, it is of no value to God and will ultimately be cast from Him.
We can clearly see that God’s warning to the last-day Laodicean Christians is very serious. We must wake up to our condition and allow God to change us, if we are to be ready to meet Jesus when he comes. The sad truth is that the Laodicean Christians are not even aware of their dangerous spiritual condition: “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” (Rev. 3:17)